I get daily parenting emails from Scott Noelle. He has an incredible knack for helping me really "get" a child's perspective. I really enjoyed today's, so I'm sharing it:

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: Nothing but Roses ::

The age-old advice to "stop and smell the roses"is more poignant than ever in these times of over-scheduled, task-driven lifestyles. As adults, that could mean taking a few minutes a day to appreciate the little things that add sweetness to our lives. But for children, especially the very young, virtually *everything* is a rose!

Imagine stepping outside and witnessing a total eclipse of the sun that reveals a glorious meteor shower, accompanied by a choir of dogs howling in three-part harmony! Everything is that extraordinary to a child because s/he hasn't been around long enough for very many things to seem "ordinary."

So the next time you're in a hurry and your child is"dawdling," remember that s/he is simply smelling the roses.

Let your child inspire you to don your own "beginner's mind" and experience the fresh uniqueness of this"ordinary" moment.

Feel free to forward this message to your friends! (Please include this paragraph and everything above.) Copyright (c) 2008 by Scott Noelle

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Melliferous Pants said...

This makes me want to hug my neice. I found myself on the kitchen floor with her last week and got a little tripped out when taking everything in from her tiny perspective, it's a big world out there!

Melliferous Pants said...

Ps. I LOVE what you've done with your template. SO CUTE!

McMama said...

How very true. I am trying so hard to look at things differently right now - reading "Unconditional Parenting" This is good perspective.

electric boogaloo said...

Mcmama -

Love that book! I'm reading P.E.T (Parent Effectiveness Training) right now. It is so breathtakingly TRUE! I've read sooo many of the AP, non-punitave books, and this one is brilliant.

electric boogaloo said...

pants - you're such a nice auntie! auntie pants...ants in your pants.

LoryKC said...

I love this, thanks!
Thanks also for the recommendation above. I remember P.E.T. sitting on my own parents' bookshelf but I have not yet read it.
Going to search for that now...

electric boogaloo said...


I love that! That book has been around since the sixties I guess. The one out right now is the 30th anniversary edition I think. It reminds me a lot of "How to talk so kids will listen, and listen so kids will talk", but it has more scope I think.

Blogging Mama said...

Uh! Thanks for posting this...I would have forgotten and I think I'm gonna like how these emails help me take a step back on a daily basis.

I like the new template too. The color is so pleasing to my sick eyes.


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